Our 2022 Annual Report provides highlights on major accomplishments and efforts Project Eagle made throughout the year.
2021-2022 Early Head Start Services
During the 2021-2022 program year, Project Eagle Early Head Start served 327 families, which included 387 children and 26 pregnant women. According to the program’s 2021-2022 Community Assessment, there are approximately 2,488 children in Wyandotte County who would be eligible for Early Head Start services. Project Eagle’s average monthly enrollment for 2021-2022 was 243.
- 303 Total Families Served
- 142 Two-Parent Families
- 161 Single-Parent Families
- 387 Total Children Served
- 26 Pregnant Women Served
83%: Percentage of Children Up to Date on Immunizations
46%: Percentage of Children Up to Date with Dental Screenings
92%* Percentage of Children Up to Date with EPSDT Visits
* EPSDT percentage is based on the medical provider’s determination, as verified by the medical record. Parent-reported compliance with the recommended schedule is higher. Barriers for Project Eagle families in this area include the COVID-19 Pandemic, difficulties in obtaining lead testing (a component of the 12- and 24-month visits), and cost and timeliness in acquiring medical records.
Ethnicity and Race
Hispanic or Latino Origin 68%
Non-Hispanic or Latino 32%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 1.3%
Black or African American 22.1%
Biracial / Multiracial 1.3%
Primary Language Spoken
African Language(s) 3%
East Asian Language(s) 4%
Project Eagle was able to open all classrooms at the beginning of the school year in 2021. As COVID-19 cases began to surge and the program experiences staff teaching shortages in November of 2021, two Early Head Start classrooms and one Head Start classroom were closed for the rest of the program year. We continued to see spikes in cases in January, June and July, causing different classrooms to be closed at sporadic intervals due to exposures.
Our home visiting program continued virtual services through December of 2021. Beginning in January of 2022, as an added safeguard, Home Visitors began calling families weekly to do a health assessment to determine if they would meet through an in-person or virtual visit.
Project Eagle staff, children, and families continued to wear masks in the building throughout most of the program year. Wyandotte County continued to be a county with high transmission rates until September 12, 2022.
While not at our pre-pandemic levels, Project Eagle was happy to see the return of volunteers and interns.
"The Home Visiting program allows me to work with my child and be more engaged. "- Parent Survey Feedback
Project Eagle Staff
Knowing that many of our staff were experiencing their own struggles with the pandemic, we increased the amount of group and individual reflective supervision sessions we completed with staff.
Throughout the pandemic, we also took the opportunity to provide additional professional development to staff on a variety of topics, including:
- Head Start Performance Standards
- Project Eagle Policies and Procedures
- Mental Health and Self-Care
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
During the spring and summer, we offered:
20 lunch and learn sessions for all staff members offering an in-depth look at Head Start Performance Standards.
Weekly coffee hours to offer team support and build Project Eagle staff connections
Five all-staff online webinar opportunities related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
Town Hall meetings to discuss plans for reopening center-based programming
We extend our appreciation to those who make our work possible:
- Bonnie Rudzinski
- Buffett Early Childhood Fund
- Children’s Campus of Kansas City
- DHHS/Administration for Children and Families/Office of Head Start
- Durwood Foundation
- Foster Grandparents of Wyandotte County/KCK
- Hands to Hearts Bookmobile
- Juniper Gardens Children’s Project
- Kansas Department for Children and Families
- Kansas State Department of Education
- Kansas Department of Health and Environment
- Kauffman Foundation
- KC Healthy Kids
- REACH Healthcare Foundation
- Sesame Street in Communities
- Start Early
- The Family Conservancy
- United Way of Greater Kansas City
- University of Kansas Medical Center
- Wyandotte Health Foundation
"This information was so helpful in furthering my understanding of how we function as a whole program. As a new supervisor, I need to be knowledgeable about this and be able to articulate it to new/existing staff. Thank you so much for hosting these - I loved today’s session and look forward to more! "- Project Eagle Staff